James Lawton BSc MSc

Project MANAGER (Geophysics)

James LawtonJames graduated from Bradford University in 2007 with a BSc in Geoarchaeology and a Masters in Archaeological Prospection. This included a year’s diploma in archaeology working at GSB Prospection as an Assistant Geophysics Surveyor and he was involved with several Time Team episodes undertaking geophysics. Following this, James began worked as an archaeological consultant for AECOM. After nearly five years at AECOM, James moved back in to field archaeology and geophysics in which he specialises, joining Archaeological Services West Yorkshire (ASWYAS) as a Geophysics Supervisor in 2013. A year later he moved to GSB SUMO where he worked initially as a Field Coordinator but was promoted to Senior Field Coordinator, including a role as head of equipment.  He joined AOC in 2016 after 3 years at GSB SUMO, as a Project Officer for geophysics.

James’s experience in archaeology allows him to have a broad understanding of not only the heritage sector but also how geophysics can be used successfully. His experience in the consultancy sector included writing WSIs, DBAs, EIAs and Heritage Statements as well as undertaking small scale evaluation surveys. In geophysics James has many years of experience in field survey undertaking large scale complex surveys throughout the British Isles and Ireland. These include complex large scale pipeline surveys, road corridors and large area surveys. These include a range of techniques including magnetometry surveys using fluxgate gradiometers, resistance surveys and radar. This experience includes all stages of projects, including data processing and report writing. 

James is fully committed to the historic environment and strongly believes it should be a resource accessible to everyone and suitably conserved for future generations. He is particularly interested in community archaeology and sharing his enthusiasm for archaeology and geophysics with others. He has been involved in a number of projects involving local interest groups and the general public in the past and has conducted geophysical surveys for these and his own research sites. He has also given numerous archaeological presentations to local history societies about geophysics.